Geography KS3 & 4: Controlling traffic pollution

Jack, a student from Gateshead on Tyneside, investigates solutions to traffic related air pollution, which is a particular problem in Newcastle.

Jack wants to know if a congestion charge would solve the problem of air pollution and talks to people on both sides of the argument.

He speaks to a local resident, an environmental researcher from the University of Newcastle who measures traffic pollution levels, a local GP, a local businessman and the Newcastle City Council’s Director of Public Health.

After listening to the arguments, Jack makes up his mind on the best option.

This clip is from the series Geography: The Big Issues

Teacher Notes

This could be used to set up a fieldwork investigation using GIS to collect and interpret data.

Students could be asked to gather data on their way to and from school and upload this into a GIS collector.

In class, students could interrogate their data and identify areas in their local area that have similar pollution problems.

Students could research solutions and present their findings and proposals.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at Key Stage 3 and 4 in England and Northern Ireland and 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.

More from the series Geography: The Big Issues

Geography KS3/4: Coastal Erosion
Geography KS3/4: Rewilding
Geography KS3/4: Using the greenbelt